India summoned the Turkish ambassador, on Monday, to lodge a diplomatic protest against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s statements regarding the disputed Kashmir region with Pakistan, and warned of the consequences for bilateral relations.
Erdogan said, during a visit to Pakistan last week, that “the situation of Indian Kashmir is deteriorating due to the fundamental changes that New Delhi has implemented in the region, and that Turkey is in solidarity with the people of Kashmir.”
The Turkish president added in a speech to the Pakistani parliament that the problem in Kashmir cannot be solved by pressure, but rather the solution must be based on justice and fairness.
The Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that it had informed the Turkish Ambassador Shaker Ozcan Torunlar that Erdogan’s statements lacked an understanding of the history of the Kashmir conflict.
“The latest position set another example of Turkish interference in the internal affairs of other countries. India considers this to be totally unacceptable,” ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said, adding that India had made a strong official diplomatic protest to Turkey, according to “Reuters”.
“These developments have profound implications for our bilateral relations,” Kumar said, referring to Erdogan’s comments.
India abolished Kashmir’s autonomy in August and subjected it to the federal rule, saying it aims to integrate the entire region into India and eliminate a 30-year insurgency there.
Pakistan, which controls a portion of Kashmir, condemned the move and called on countries such as Turkey and Malaysia to review India’s actions.
India blames Pakistan for the insurgency that has claimed tens of thousands of lives, which Islamabad denies, which it says is providing diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri people in their struggle for self-determination.
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